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Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Hardy M. Cook
Peer Reviewed

Venus and Adonis (Modern)

"It shall be fickle, false, and full of fraud,
Bud, and be blasted, in a breathing while,
The bottom poison, and the top o'erstrawed
With sweets that shall the truest sight beguile.
1145 The strongest body shall it make most weak,
Strike the wise dumb, and teach the fool to speak.